September 19, 2011

Malveaux Faces Early Struggles

With high school football in full swing all across the nation, several of the current Houston Cougar commits are having phenomenal seasons and a few are seeing some early season struggles. CougarsDen was on hand to see current commit Cameron Malveaux when his Hamshire-Fannet Longhorns traveled to Huffman to take on the Huffman Hargrave Falcons.

The game would not wind up going the way Malveaux and his fellow Longhorns would envision, they weren't able to generate much offense and had a hard time stopping the Huffman Hargrave passing attack, giving up several big plays which resulted in a tough 41-10 loss, putting them at 1-3 on the season.

CougarsDen caught up with the talented defensive end after the game to get his thoughts on a tough loss.

"We could have done a lot better offensively," the 6-foot-6, 215-pound defensive end told CougarsDen. They were a beatable team; I think we could have beaten them."

Going into the game Malveaux was expected to play at outside linebacker, that switch lasted about six minutes into the first quarter before head coach Walt Mangan had him go back to defensive end to try to generate a pass rush on the Huffman Hargrave passing attack.

"I didn't really play too much at outside linebacker because coach made an adjustment at the beginning of the game," Malveaux said. "I think I'll play more at outside linebacker the next few games because we're playing a lot of running teams, this was a passing team so I think he wanted me at end to rush the quarterback more."

Hamshire-Fannett has one more non-league matchup next week against Kelly Catholic of Beaumont (Texas) before they open district play. Malveaux expects his team to improve through the rest of the season.

"Looking forward to working harder and getting better on offense," he told CougarsDen. "That's our main problem I think."

Coach Mangan added some insight after the game as to why Malveaux was placed back at defensive end.

"I worked him some at outside linebacker, we're searching right now, we're not a very good football team," Mangan told CougarsDen following the tough loss. "We looked at him some there, we're still playing him down at end and we're still playing him at the Y-position."

Coach Mangan believes in his player and points out that Malveaux is young and has plenty of time to blossom.

"He's a great kid, good student has a lot going for him," Mangan added. "He's only 16 years old, he's going to mature a lot, he's got all the tools and he won't even be 17 until next month."

Hamshire-Fannett now 1-3, hosts Beaumont (Texas) Kelly Catholic next Friday before opening district play the following week against traditional power West Orange-Stark.

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